Leadership and Slavery

20 Apr

The top down leadership model is dead. If it’s not dead then it needs to die, it never really worked anyway. It’s just a form of slavery with cash included; it raises people up by pushing others down.

My teacher is Doctor Hollywood, the homeless dude at the end of the free-way off-ramp in Pasadena, he knows more about life, more about people, more about joy in the midst of pain and suffering than you and I could possibly imagine. We want to help him, put him in a home, get him off the streets, make ourselves feel better about ourselves… or we want to ignore him, convinced by our own assumptions that he “really” doesn’t want to be helped at all… Here is the truth…

Top down leadership doesn’t work for Doctor Hollywood and it doesn’t work for me or you… it has failed, that’s why he’s at the end of the free-way and you and I just drive on by.

The way to truly lead is through listening, humility and friendship… avoiding the pungent misnomer that anybody requires our help or our leadership…

P:S: For some reason I feel angry about this… please share your views too…

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4 Responses to “Leadership and Slavery”

  1. writerunblocked April 20, 2011 at 6:20 pm #

    I have been ranting for almost 3 weeks now about the unfairness of those we put in charge. Maybe I am not getting the completeness of this blog, but being in the middle…..not the top like our leaders…..not the bottom like your Dr. Hollywood, but the poor schlubs like me and my family who do get some help for one thing or another, but the top takes it away. No reasons. No warnings. Gone. It is the people who are slaves to the system who really suffer.

    No solutions. No compromise. It does not look like there is a solution. (Forgive me if I missed the point completely)

    • geofftalbot April 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm #

      The middle is a horrible place to be… but it only exists in the minds of people above you and below you… say know to tyranny friend… we are all the same under God. Thanks for sharing… Geoff

  2. nate April 20, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    I maybe wouldn’t have worded it quite so strongly… my understanding of heaven is that it is a top down leadership… but I agree that as humans- relationships are a much better way to lead and be led. One of the problems with top down is a lack of humility- both from the leader- and from the follower. I feel like John Wooden was a Top Down-er, but was able to incorporate relationship and humility into the structure and became one of the most outstanding examples of leadership of our modern era.

    The fact is- we all do need help. We cannot do life on our own strength- and it’s our own bl**dy pride that prevents us from seeking help- whether from someone who is a top down leader, or from a relational evangelist. agree? disagree?

    Great thoughts- I enjoy engaging this issue!

    • geofftalbot April 20, 2011 at 2:44 pm #

      Oh sure… we all need help… All is the imperative… sometimes we forget and our leadership/guidance/friendship/service moves into condescension. We ALL need each other, and we ALL have different strengths, but I don’t think it is possible to ascribe a person a value according to the strengths… It is tricky for sure though…

      I am sure you right… that it is predominantly the way we posture ourselves and our hearts that is important… not so much the structure… John Wooden was the man

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